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Surely a spider’s beauty includes its ability to stay hidden in plain sight.

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A venusta orchard spider, for example, often shows the taller world an intricately patterned bottom side that blends well to the background of its shrub-spun web.

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And those of us who would glimpse a distinctly different side of the spider
must take a knee before it …

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decreasing, so to speak, to witness its increase.

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The vision, then, is ours.

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For, seen or not, the spider carries on in its usual way — spidering.

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And we decide, based on how we go about seeing, how to be ourselves.

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